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Software developers develop and maintain computer software, websites, and software applications (apps).
There is a shortage of software developers and high demand for their services. Software developers are in high demand due to:
- increasing numbers of organisations shifting services and systems online
- growing awareness of the need for user-friendly websites and apps
- existing websites needing to be redesigned and rebuilt as more users use mobile devices such as phones and tablets to access them.
There are still not enough software developers to meet demand, and not enough information technology (IT) trainees coming through. Most IT employers would like to hire more staff, including software developers, but one-third say their biggest problem is finding and retaining staff.
Understanding the best way to become a qualified software developer in New Zealand looks complicated but is easy. Here are the steps you need to take to start your career as a software developer.
Choose and enrol with a registered training provider
Complete in a level 6 diploma program
Progress to level 7 bachelor program
$65k - $195k
Length of training
*TradeMe Jobs, April 2022
Methodical, accurate and patient
Able to work well under pressure, and meet deadlines
Able to work well as part of a team, and with minimal supervision
Skilled at problem-solving and decision making
Skilled at verbal and written communication.
Private companies that provide computer, database and network services to clients
Specialised website development companies
Software and web development companies that work with film, games and animation
Private companies such as large retailers or marketing and advertising companies
Government departments and educational institutions.
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